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Need back surgery? Make sure your surgeon is experienced, proven

Back problems are common in the U.S., where more than 600,000 patients have back surgery each year. Many of these patients have unsatisfactory results from the operation and a small, but significant, number of patients will suffer serious injuries from a surgical mistake.

One of these victims, a 75-year-old man, recently won his medical malpractice lawsuit after surgery left him completely paralyzed in his quadriceps. He successfully proved that his surgeon inserted a surgical screw into the wrong location in his spinal canal. A second, corrective operation was unsuccessful in alleviating his paralysis.

The victim recovered $725,000, but money cannot bring back his mobility and independence.

The sad story reminds us that not all surgeons are equal. All surgeries, even minor outpatient operations, come with risks. While the potential risk can never be completely eliminated, it helps to have an experienced surgical team with an excellent reputation.

In spinal cord surgeries, the skill of the doctor becomes even more crucial. Even if you are in serious pain, take the time to carefully choose a surgeon for your back or neck surgery.

While you may trust your referring physician, it is crucial to do your own homework, as doctors are often biased by their personal relationships with colleagues. Physicians are also more inclined to refer to surgeons who are in their own medical network, even when 'the best' may be available in another nearby hospital.

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